Microsoft LinkedIn is finally moving its platform to the Microsoft cloud. The company today announced a multi-year migration, with the service relocating its infrastructure to Microsoft Azure. The multi-year migration can take up to three years.
The move is more than three years after Microsoft acquired LinkedIn for $ 26.2 billion.
"Moving to Azure gives us access to a variety of hardware and software innovations and unparalleled global scale. This will enable us to focus on areas where we can offer unique value to our members and customers, "said Mohak Shroff, LinkedIn's SVP of Engineering. LinkedIn will increase the workload of Azure over time, as the migration should run as smoothly as possible for its 645 million members, without compromising the reliability and performance of the service.
In an interview with VentureBeat, Shroff went into more detail about the migration. The interview contains some interesting points. What was special about me, however, was that Microsoft did not really push LinkedIn to move to Azure. According to Shroff, the Azure team never asked the Azure team to switch to their cloud, and Microsoft gave the LinkedIn team complete control over the decision. The company even spent years discussing the shift to the public cloud, even though it had decided to switch to the cloud only in the last 4/6 months.
Shroff admitted that LinkedIn had previously considered other cloud services before it took over from Microsoft, although this was not the case at the last round of evaluation, when the company finally decided to switch decided on the public cloud. "We've considered them in the past, in which case we do not have one, the main reason is that we consider ourselves a fairly complex public cloud use case and have some custom requirements."
Moving to Azure means The company says it is not certain when these data centers will be shut down, some of the data centers may still be used for other purposes, and LinkedIn believes there are no layoffs in those data centers at present
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